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How often do teens use social networking Web sites?

Shawn Edgington
Pediatrics
According to a survey from a sampling of US teens between thirteen and seventeen years old, teens typically spend two hours a day on the Internet.

On average, 80 percent of that time is spent on a social network -- and you guessed it, Facebook is the social network of choice. Are you wondering if Facebook is the new MySpace? Absolutely! With fifty million teenagers (and growing) between the ages of thirteen and seventeen actively accessing their Facebook profile versus MySpace's sixteen million active users (and declining), Facebook is by far the number-one social network preferred by teenagers.

The following are statistics on teenage social networking:
  • 90 percent of teens have a profile on a social networking site.
  • 73 percent of teens play games on social networking sites.
  • 69 percent of teens have a Facebook account.
  • 64 percent of teens have a profile on YouTube.
  • 41 percent of teens have a profile on MySpace.
  • 43 percent of teens spend money on social networking sites (usually playing games).
  • 49 percent of teens reported that they have an allowance to spend money online.

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